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Thread: Thinking of getting a new mic.. suggestions please.

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    Hi;

    I've been using my Shure SM-58 and my Motu828mkII with pretty good results, but lately been thinking about getting a condenser mic. A few choices came up, for instance the Behringer B-1 and the Rode NT-1 were among the choices. I was curious what you all recommend for a home studio recording environment. I'm trying to keep this purchase below $200.

    Thanks;
    John
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    I'm using a Shure KSM27, which works beautifully. I'd go w. the Behringer, because I've got the MX-180 EuroRack mixer-and behringer is very cool. clean-crisp.

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    I'm not a big fan of Behringer's sound. For cheap mics, not sure if they fall under $200 or not, I'd check out: Rode NT1, AKG C2000B, Shure KSM27. I've worked with those three mics, and they sound great. The Shure Beta 58 is also wonderful, especially for my voice.

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    Thanks guys. Appreciate the advice and info. I'm gonna have to take Mark's advice and visit a local store. The Rode mic has come up many a times as a choice. Is the NT-1A the same as the NT1? I'm guessing the NT-1 has been discontinued.

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    John
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    well for the price you just can not go wrong with the studio projects condenser mics.
    i paid 100.00 us for mine its a c1 brand new.
    i was skeptical at first but all i can say it WOW!!!!
    best bang for the buck piece of new gear i have EVER BOUGHT.

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    Both the Rode NT-series and the Studio Projects stuff are AWESOME for the money. I've had my NT-1 for a while and love it. I'm tempted to buy a Studio Projects C1 or B1 just becasue they sound so great for what they cost.

    You'll never go back to an SM58 for studio work again.
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    I am leaning towards picking up a Rode NT1A. Been getting some positive feeback on those models. Thanks for everyone's replies and advice.

    John
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    Originally posted by NullDevice
    Both the Rode NT-series and the Studio Projects stuff are AWESOME for the money. I've had my NT-1 for a while and love it. I'm tempted to buy a Studio Projects C1 or B1 just becasue they sound so great for what they cost.

    You'll never go back to an SM58 for studio work again.

    yeah we love the studio projects stuff.
    we also love the fact that these mics are doing to the prices of higher end mics.

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    I've used samson Q1's, Octiva 300 series, and Audio Technica in our music, so if you wanna check it out...
    I think the best way to select a mic is probably to go to a studio and try out a bunch of mics, and figure out which you like. Its all about preference. The second best way would be to go into a store and try them out. 3rd best way would be just to look at specs and select on specs. I've done this method a couple of times - not such a bad way. Try to see if there are spectrums online, and if they're fairly flat then you should be good - be weary though the scales are always different.
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    SP C1, KSM27, & AT4040..
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    mannikan, definitely look into the Marshall MXL 990 - a nice clean, crisp single-pattern large diaphragm condenser - and it's damn cheap. you should be able to find one for less than $100 US. at that price, get 2.

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    It really depends on the tonality of your voice..I really like the SM58 dynamic and prefer it over the NT-1 condenser.

    If you're looking for a condenser I'd get the C1 since it's gotten such rave reviews (here and other places).

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    I have an NT-1, an AKG 414B-TLII, and an AKG 414B-ULS. I used the TLII on my last (acoustic) album, but for electronic music, the NT-1 works best. You might even consider the AKG C3000 if you like a really bright sound.
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    All good advice...I like the SP C1 myself since I've been able to use it on just about every vocalist lately with good results. Every mic has it's strengths and weaknesses but this one just seems to sound better on a wide variety of vocal styles than anything else that I've used.
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    Thanks everyone. My NT-1A will be arriving shortly, so I will post my finding and opinion on this mic. Your advice and comments have been very valuable.

    John
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    AKG 414 is our mic of choice. Pick one up used on e-bay to save some dough. I recently read in Future Music (UK) that they reccomend this mic for all around use. It's a mid-priced mic that has a larger sound. I've been in recording studios in both LA and NYC. And multiple engineers have prefered it over 10K mics. But, I suppose it's all personal peference.
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